Marcel Volkerts is an associate director for Navigant where he focuses on urban energy and smart cities.
Marcel previously worked as a principal consultant for DNV GL, where he was a leading member of the Universal Smart Energy Framework design team and leader of a four-year multi-partner smart gas grids research project. He has headed up several smart city and resilience projects where (open) data is combined with state-of-the-art models and visualization techniques to develop decision support tools and serious games for complex multi-stakeholder transition processes. Through his work with best-selling author and economist Jeremy Rifkin, he contributes to road maps for the transition to smart sustainable cities and regions such as Hauts de France, the metropolitan region of Rotterdam-The Hague in the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
Before switching to the energy sector in 2011, Marcel enjoyed an international career in IT, working for various start-ups in both the Netherlands and the USA. As the director of quality assurance and manager of the database group of Florida-based internet security firm SafeCentral (formerly Authentium), he successfully established an international quality assurance and product development organization, before stepping into a role as an internal consultant for the CTO and COO, advising on product development and competitive analyses.
Ph.D., Nuclear Physics, University of Groningen, Netherlands MSc, Experimental Physics, University of Groningen, Netherlands